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See how Father's vitamin D intake can affect the child's height

The Father's vitamin D affects the child

Most people have this believe that before conception, only the woman's Health has direct impact in the unborn child but NO, the man's Health is still saying something.
A new research which has been presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Portugal has found a strong link between a father's vitamin D intake and the child's height and weight at age five.

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient also known as the sunshine vitamin. It is produced in the body when the sun’s ultra violet rays come in contact with your skin.

 The most important function of Vitamin D is that it regulates the amount of calcium and phosphorous in the body – both are elements that are vital for strong bones, teeth and also to keep your muscles healthy. The British Dietetics Association recommends about 15 minutes of sun exposure at least thrice a week and between 11 A.M to 3 P.M when the rays are the strongest to get your dose of Vitamin D.

For every research carried out, there must be an inspiration behind it. In this, the researchers were to find out whether it is only the mother's vitamin D intake before pregnancy play an important role in the newborn's musculoskeletal and overall health but, this time around scientists diverted their attention to access if the father's vitamin D before conception intake can affect the child in any way and they came up with some significant results.

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Researchers from the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science at the University College in Ireland analysed the Lifeways Cross-Generation Cohort Study and found a link between a father's vitamin D intake reported during the first pre-natal trimester and the height and weight of children at age five among 213 father-child pairs.

However, their findings did not show any association between a mother's vitamin D intake during the first and second trimester and children's weight.

The researchers also noted that three or more hours of playing outdoors over weekends was related to increased height at five years of age which further solidifies the fact that sunlight is essential for the production of Vitamin D which further helps in growth and development of the child.

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